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Not to mention inside cats are less likely to pick up and infect you with toxoplasma gondii.Which is the most common parasitic infection in humans. It is a charming little parasite that lives in the brain and has been linked to an increased likelihood of mental health issues like schizophrenia, Alzheimer, Parkinson and OCD , it has also been linked to a host of other subtle personality changes and decreased reaction times with a subsequent 3 fold increase in car accidents.
When it infects rats it makes them more attracted to cats, especially their smell ,and there is some evidence to show it can cause similar behavior in humans. So not only do cats worm their way into your heart but they often also infect you with a brain parasite to like cats more.
Makes you wonder how much of your love for cats may come from a little worm in your brain telling you to like cats.
It's an ebook. It'll be available on the Kindle and Nook sites and a couple others.
Anyway, back to your situation. A lot of people believe that cats should stay indoors both to protect the native species from an invasive species and for their own protection from cars, dogs, etc.
My daughter had a cat which we let outdoors, but we lived up against a wood which is where she mostly went. However, she did wander in neighbor's yards and out into the street (a quiet cul-de-sac) where she got into a fight with a BIG tom on one occasion. This tom was practically a bobcat with paws as big around as an American silver dollar (I think you Aussies have a similar large coin). She was getting the worst of it when my daughter went to break it up and then she got the worst of it. I'm telling you that so you don't feel I'm judging you.
I let Squeaky out on the balcony which has its own dangers. She likes to walk around on the narrow railing six floors up. I think some people are too strict. I want Squeaky to be a cat as much as I can let her be one, not just a living plush toy. She gets fresh air and might even catch a bird someday since I do put wild bird seed out, especially now that winter is setting in.
If you read my book, what name were you using then? Or...how did you get a copy of the book?
The book is being published shortly by 21bookseries.com. Here I'm Unseen (as much a character as a real person). The book is more the real everyday me. Did you read the last chapter about euthanization?
Daylight Saving Time is here (a local weatherman made sure to say that there's no "s" on the end of "Saving," so now you know).
Squeaky did not get the memo about DST I guess, because about an hour earlier than usual (by the clock) she was tapping my face with her paw. "Aren't you forgetting something? Isn't it time to get up? Wake up! Wake up! I want my breakfast!"
I think some cats are just that way. Squeaky keeps my arms covered with little bite and scratch marks. She loves being held but hates when I have to put her down. She lets me know that's not what she wants by taking a parting shot at my arm. I'm sure it'll get better, but she may never mellow out entirely. Here's one tip, though. Cats can frequently become fascinated with CD/DVD drive doors that slide in and out. Also, many cats go nuts when you print something out on your computer printer. Often I can reach my remote for the CD/DVD or print a sheet out and Squeaky will jump off my lap to investigate.
I'm new, but this is Katie. She's just a baby. I've had her for about a month. She's about 12 weeks old now, but she was younger when this picture was taken. She's biting and scratching during play way more than any of my other babies ever have. Anyone know anything that could help that? We've been playing with her for hours every day trying to get her well exercised, but she's still pretty aggressive. I don't think it's because she's upset or anything. I think she's just playing. Anyways, she's still a total sweetheart and I thought I would share the cuteness :)
One of Squeaky's favorite ways to play is for me to put one of those thin plastic grocery store bags on the bed, which she will stick her head in, and then touch the bag with a pen or pencil tip and she will strike it with a front paw. The speed of a cat's strike never ceases to amaze me. It's like a gun shot. No wonder they can daze and kill so many different animals. In fact, by some standards, the common domestic house cat is the top predator in the whole world!:
(N)ature's most agile, diverse and versatile predator is the House Cat. It has one of the most diverse diets in the animal kingdom, and is especially apt at hunting the widest array of creatures in its family of species. Its hunting performances exceed those of lions, tigers, leopards and Big Cats, and it is equally effective both during the night and in daytime. It feasts on fish, land animals and birds alike, and a well-trained adult can effortlessly secure meals for its offspring. Researchers are constantly amazed by the efficiency of the hunt, and by the fact that the animal's hunting strategy features elements that are present in many other species of felines. (source)
When Squeaky was a kitten, she ddn't respond to catnip. Now that she's a teen cat, she likes it. If I put some dry catnip on her scratch mat. She'll eat it and then perhaps sit on the residue, like Zelda. It doesn't particularly make her crazy, but if I give it to her during crazy cat time, it does seem make her even crazier.
I scatter some on the scratch-arches we have - Zelda eats it and then she sits on the residue. The boys (Zeke and Rex) do the crazy behaviour, then they go outside. Shyloh, the bedroom monitor, doesn't seem to care about it at all - shes the fat one. The girls stay indoors.
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